Cleveland’s defense could not stop LeSean McCoy and the Bills’ running game, as the Browns lost by a score of 33-13. They are now 0-14 on the season, with games against San Diego and Pittsburgh remaining.
Both teams traded field goals in the first quarter, despite having goal-to-go situations. The Bills closed out the first quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run by RB Mike Gillislee to go up 10-3. There was then a hilariously bad clip of Hue Jackson not being able to find his challenge flag after a play where Robert Griffin III was ruled to have stepped out of bounds. The play was not even eligible to be challenged.
To close out the first half, Buffalo got a 19-yard touchdown pass from QB Tyrod Taylor to TE Charles Clay, making it a 17-3 game.
The tide turned a bit to start the second half. Taylor threw a bad pass to an open Sammy Watkins on third down, forcing a punt. Cleveland then put together their first touchdown-scoring drive of the game. On 3rd-and-6 from the 18 yard line, Griffin scrambled up the middle for the score to make it a 17-10 game.
There we go! RGIII Runs it in for 6! pic.twitter.com/yhmaH5RJER— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) December 18, 2016
The Bills quickly responded with a touchdown drive of their own, as McCoy scored from three yards out to make it a 24-10 game. The Browns were threatening again due to Griffin’s mobility, including a scramble 28-yard pass play that included a brutal roughing the passer penalty. Another scramble would have put Cleveland at the goal line, but a holding penalty brought it back. The Browns settled for a 40-yard field goal to cut the Bills’ lead to 24-13.
Cleveland’s run defense continued to be sliced through, as McCoy got an 8-yard rushing touchdown to start the fourth quarter. After a missed extra point, Buffalo led 30-13. Cleveland’s offense sputtered after a decent third quarter. Buffalo tacked on a field goal to make it 33-13. Cleveland’s goal line stuff with two minutes to go prevented it from being a worse score.
- QB Robert Griffin III: 17-of-28 for 196 yards. 8 rushes, 48 yards, 1 TD.
- It was another down game for WR Terrelle Pryor. He caught 4 passes for 19 yards, but had a couple of drops.
- Demario Davis led the Browns with 10 tackles.
- OLB Emmanuel Ogbah registered a sack.
- The Bills ran for 280 yards.